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Block produce and 2 days orf!

I’ve been busy on Da Block growing stuff! All new to me as haven’t had much time in the past to grow ‘food’ and big gardens.

Gave it a go with the easy stuff first….learnt NOT to plant lotsa seedlings as they GROW BIG! But enjoyed eating home grown tomatoes and making CWA relish!! Got a few different pumpkins coming up all over the place too! Anyway, happy with my first season of green thumb-ing!! 😛

Hubby and I took a whole 2 days orf to do the ‘tourist thang’ and go to Adelaide! Stopped in a van park in Semaphore (north of Adelaide) using the states $50 voucher to get South Australian’s back out travelling.

Two days was enough in a city for us! Liked Semaphore but especially liked Eggs Benedict on our morning of departure in a local cafe! A real treat! Missed our Bluey as first time away from Ma & Pa! Can’t wait to get back on the road again in the caravan and explore more of Australia! Travel photos will be more interesting than plant pics!! 🙂

Winery, Cafes AND seed

With COVID19 being in our daily life visit’s to local wineries and cafes have taken a bit of a hit this year.

Even so, we managed to visit a couple of places that are worth a mention.

Eldredge Vineyards (www.eldredge.com.au) on Spring Gully Rd Scenic Drive is worth a stop for a lazy Sunday afternoon or weekday visit. You can make up your own cheese platter whilst sampling a wine paddle which is what we opted for.

One Restaurant to look out for is Seed (seedclarevalley.com) in the Main Street of Clare. It is an impressive site (which is a contrast to the dismal CBA bank building it started as). A beautiful mural adorns the Burton St lane next to it. The Rooftop is open now and the Bistro & Deli will be open soon. I can’t say how good/bad it is as haven’t dined there as yet.

Speaking of murals another has popped up just off the Main North Road at the Post Office which brightens the street-scape even more.

On a recent town garage sale Saturday we stopped to grab lunch at The Booyoolee Brew, Port Street in Gladstone (76kms north of Clare) www.facebook.com/TheBooyooleeBrew/ Once a pub the new owners have turned the old building into a lovely cafe with seating out front and for winter a cosy dining room or covered area with open wood fires. Try the Baked Bean Muffins – Yummo!!

On a quick two day trip to The Big Smoke (around Adelaide) we stayed near Semaphore, west of Port Adelaide. In Semaphore main street we found two places worth a mention (but I’m sure there’s heaps more)

Barry’s Burgers (www.barrysburgers.com.au) have very filling and tasty burgers and THE BEST CHIPS!

On leaving we shouted ourselves breakfast at Froot Cafe (www.facebook.com/frootcafesemaphore) The most delicious Eggs Benedict I’ve ever had and Pancakes and Bacon with Maple Syrup (we shared!) Quick friendly service and hot coffee! Note: always look where the locals are eating!!

The Barossa and Fleurieu Peninsula SA

Towards the end of January it was time to move on. We headed towards the Barossa Valley and found a small caravan park at Eden Valley, part of a recreation grounds. Quiet, small and best of all had an oval for Jeda to exercise on. We visited the oldest wineries and thoroughly explored the region, most enjoyable.

Then on to Strathalbyn Caravan Park, also next to an oval, and caught up with friends we’d met years before in Darwin who now manage the park. It’s a great central location for day trips, dog friendly and next to an exercise oval. We did trips to Goolwa, Victor Harbour, Hindmarsh Island, Willunga (great Farmers Market), McLaren Vale and Cape Jervis.

After a number of weeks playing tourist we had to head north, which meant going through Adelaide. This doesn’t sit well with ‘B’ or myself and a restless night beforehand and dual headaches accompanied our trip the next day. We made it through (no thanks to our GPS) and on to Gawler, Port Parham and Port Augusta to head back to the Eyre Peninsula.